*Update* Training

So me and james got out and did some training here is the report

Total Distance: 25.15 km (15.6 mi)
Total Time: 53:49
Moving Time: 51:05
Average Speed: 28.05 km/h (17.4 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 29.54 km/h (18.4 mi/h)
Max Speed: 48.60 km/h (30.2 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -14 m (-45 ft)
Max Elevation: 28 m (92 ft)
Elevation Gain: 282 m (927 ft)
Max Grade: 12 %
Min Grade: -9 %
Recorded: Mon Feb 15 17:26:01 CST 2010
Activity type: cycling
View 2/15/10 Memorial Loop in a larger map

CENSUS MTB Video: Why do we ride

CENSUS Mountain Biking – 7D from Trunk Films on Vimeo.

Why do we ride? For many of us, it is a double life; a secret identity and life which we have. While we sit throughout our week in our offices, workshops or retail shops we tolerate the mundane hours knowing that after we return home we are someone else. Marx’s views of capitalism included an essential representation of each individual by their mode of production, or job: You are what you do for a living. Cyclists have proven him wrong. We have transcended the boundaries to commune with nature and the path that we choose on our own.

When others return home to their television sets, passing by the restful leisure time of the weekend until they return to work, we spend each moment planning and dreaming of that end of the week ride, agonizing over clearing that root-covered section, or shaving a few tenths off your favorite climb or sprint.

We are not merely what we do for a living. Our day jobs, family life, political affiliations and personal affairs vanish once we put on our shoes, shorts, jerseys and helmets: We are cyclists, and we work to live, and live to ride.

Today is Photo Friday!

Sup Girl
Sup Girl

Waited all week to post this one. Ruth, poster girl for Austin based bike ‘zine “The Dropout” is this ATX supgirl showing us the finer side of drinking and riding. That’s right folks, she’s drinking champagne, not PBR! We love supporting local bike publications, so head on over to their site and check them out!

The Dropout Zine (Austin, TX)

How slow are you?

Ride your bike
After racing this weekend I really realized how slow I am after winter. So now I am kicking all my bad habits, getting back to a normal schedule, eating right, and riding everyday. I wish my schedule was normal so I could catch all of the shop rides but since it isn’t I am going to have to come up with something new.

So my plan involves, parking garages, bike trails, and a lot of the memorial loops and since I have not had any training in a while I will start off slow. With memorial in the morning twice a week,I am aiming for 20 miles, then a parking garage after work in the middle, but the best would just kick my car and ride everywhere. You might be thinking 3 days thats it? No I am really going to hammer down and put in some good miles, with a goal of 50 miles for both Saturday and Sunday that will really bring me to where I want to be, well for now. So check back I plan to make this a weekly goal to post up the training with maps and stats of what I have ridden and look forward to HF to start our own weekly rides to get you out of your training rut and back in the saddle.
View Westend Ride 10/15/09 in a larger map Total Distance: 33.54 km (20.8 mi)
Total Time: 1:48:10
Moving Time: 1:21:46
Average Speed: 18.72 km/h (11.6 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 24.61 km/h (15.3 mi/h)
Max Speed: 49.50 km/h (30.8 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -17 m (-56 ft)
Max Elevation: 50 m (165 ft)
Elevation Gain: 534 m (1752 ft)
Max Grade: 23 %
Min Grade: -21 %
Recorded: Thu Oct 15 18:27:17 CDT 2009
Activity type: cycling
I know this is a old ride but this is what I am going to have for you.

Validation for all you 29er fanatics

It looks like the mountain bike team Subaru-Gary Fisher is tossing all of their 26″ wheeled bikes to the curb and going to a full time 29er race setup. Quite amusingly their race spec 29ers are a full 2lbs lighter than the 26″ wheeled bikes. I’m not sure how that possible but none the less it is impressive.

29er out front as it should be.
29er out front as it should be.

Story via Singletrack.com